Mariners hire new VP of ballpark operations

Gooby spent last 12 years in Pirates organization

Mariners hire new VP of ballpark operations

SEATTLE -- Trevor Gooby, who had been working for the Pirates as their senior director of operations in Florida and the Dominican Republic, was introduced on Tuesday by the Mariners as their new vice president of ballpark operations.

Gooby replaced Joe Myhra, who filled that role the past three seasons after six years as the team's director of maintenance for Safeco Field. Myhra has taken a job as the president of the United Center in Chicago.

Gooby will oversee all ballpark operations at Safeco Field, including maintenance, engineering, sustainability, game day operations, grounds keeping, events, housekeeping and security.

He had spent the past 12 years in the Pirates organization, where he oversaw the team's Spring Training operations in Bradenton, Fla., as well as day-to-day operations of the Pirates' Class A affiliate in Bradenton.

Gooby was in charge of the Pirates' $10 million renovation in 2013 of McKechnie Field and Pirate City, the team's Spring Training and Gulf Coast League home and also oversaw all operations of the club's Dominican Republic complex in El Toro.

Before joining the Pirates, he spent seven years with the Dodgers as the general manager of the now-defunct Class A Advanced Vero Beach Dodgers in Florida.

While he's spent nearly 20 years working for Major League clubs, this will be his first opportunity to oversee ballpark operations in a Major League city.

Gooby, a native of Ipswich, Mass., is a 1998 graduate of Emerson College in Boston, where he earned a degree in communications and media studies.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.